One Voice Nashville
Mary Margaret Randall

OVN founder, Mary Margaret Randall, has always been drawn to a good story – whether told from a neighbor or friend, or expressed in music, art, dance, film, or radio.

During her time studying at the University of Alabama, Mary Margaret founded the Black Warrior Storytelling Festival, the first-ever local event focused on sharing stories from across the state of Alabama. For her Senior Project in the New College program at UA, Mary Margaret collected and recorded stories from foot soldiers of the Civil Rights Movement in her hometown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It was this project that revealed the power of storytelling to Mary Margaret and she has not looked back since.

Mary Margaret made the move to Nashville following college and has fallen in love with the city and its commitment to the arts. She has worked with youth in programming at schools all around the city and is passionate about the crossroads between education and creativity.

Mary Margaret has a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership from Trevecca University and loves nothing more than to pull up a chair and listen.



OUR MISSION – One Voice Nashville builds bridges and closes gaps by valuing all voices through storytelling and narrative journalism.


OUR NAME – While we all have different stories to share, we have more in common than we think. We can all connect on some level. Through One Voice Nashville programs, curriculum, and workshops, students and community members are empowered to find that human connection that exists in every story … that One Voice.


One Voice Nashville (OVN) was created out of a love for story.

In the Schools

Help your students engage in local history. One Voice Nashville provides in-depth training for students on how to document and archive local history, all while educating the mind and expanding the heart on stories in the community.

One Voice Nashville can also partner with schools to offer a semester-long program for students in which each group will participate in an interactive curriculum and conduct interviews with an intergenerational focus.


Email Mary Margaret for details.


In the Summer

One Voice Nashville offers SUMMER CAMP which covers a basic overview of narrative journalism, podcasting, the listening process, and story structuring to students 8th grade and up.

WHY: Because listening is EVERYTHING and we like to have fun!

*All students create an interview profile piece (covering a topic of their choice) and digital portfolios. Students conduct presentations on the final day of camp for friends and family.

Email Mary Margaret for details.

Read more about camp from the eyes of Ella here!


In the Community

One Voice Nashville believes that stories build bridges. Through a series of four workshops offered every quarter, OVN will provide a safe space to learn and engage in the listening process. Come join a circle of listeners and practice telling your own story while learning how to become a better interviewer.

Each class will meet for about two and a half hours. The classes are built to be interactive and no experience in narrative journalism or interviewing is necessary prior to the session. For our last session together, we will invite a group from Nashville who feels the need to shed some light on their story. All interviews will be conducted one-on-one and recorded in audio form.

The first group we will invite will be friends of Muslim faith and identity here in Nashville. Classes coming in spring of 2017!

Email Mary Margaret for details.


In the Workplace

One Voice Nashville believes that stories transform communities, teams, and yes, even the workplace. When we learn to listen to each other, we learn to empower one another. Learn what One Voice Nashville can bring to your workplace for a half-day visit, full day visit, or week long Story-Capturing booth.

Email Mary Margaret for details.

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  1. So proud of you, Mary Margaret! From my seminar in creativity and your independent research studies with me to the creation of the Black Warrior Storytelling Festival, I have been ever so lucky as your faculty to watch you grow this fertile ground for storytellers to blossom across the disciplines. So pleased to see you harvest this wonderful concept and organization in such an elegant manner. What a joy for me, too! Lovin’ that you rock so mightily …

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